eden (plural edens)

  1. (rare) Alternative letter-case form of Eden#English|Eden (“a paradise”)
    • 1990, Kevin Starr, Material Dreams: Southern California through the 1920s:
      The essential formula of both the John Carter and the Tarzan stories was that of an upperclass hero confronting a challenging, radically exotic environment, a lush jungle eden or an eden of extraplanetary technology, […]

  • IPA: /ˈiːdən/
Proper noun
  1. (biblical) A garden built by God as the home for Adam and Eve; sometimes identified as part of Mesopotamia.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 2:8 ↗:
      And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
  2. Surname, probably derived from a place name.
    • 1896, H G Wells, The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham
      It was no good. I felt beyond all question that I was indeed Eden, not Elvesham. But Eden in Elvesham's body!
  3. A female given name from the biblical place name; also a medieval diminutive of Old English - compound names beginning with the element ēad ("riches").
    • 1986 Barbara Vine ( =Ruth Rendell): A Dark-Adapted Eye: page 35:
      We call Edith Eden now because that is what she called herself before she could pronounce 'th'. It is rather a lovely name, I think. Edith sounds like someone's old aunt. I can't think why Mother and Father chose it.
  4. Any of various towns and other place names.
    1. A coastal town in New South Wales, Australia.
    2. A small unincorporated community in Graham County, Arizona.
    3. A city/and/town in Jerome County, Idaho.
    4. An unincorporated community in Peoria County, Illinois.
    5. An unincorporated community in Randolph County, Illinois.
    6. An unincorporated community in Hancock County, Indiana.
    7. A small unincorporated community in Atchison County, Kansas.
    8. An unincorporated community in Butler County, Kentucky.
    9. A census-designated place in Somerset County, Maryland.
    10. An unincorporated community in Dodge County, Minnesota.
    11. A village in Yazoo County, Mississippi.
    12. A town in Erie County, New York.
    13. A city in Rockingham County, North Carolina.
    14. A small town/and/village in Marshall County, South Dakota.
    15. A small city in Concho County, Texas.
    16. A census-designated place in Weber County, Utah.
    17. A town in Lamoille County, Vermont.
    18. An unincorporated community in Wahkiakum County, Washington.
    19. An unincorporated community in Boone County, West Virginia.
    20. An unincorporated community in Ohio County, West Virginia.
    21. An unincorporated community in Upshur County, West Virginia.
    22. A town/and/village in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.
    23. A small town in Iowa County, Wisconsin.
    24. A census-designated place in Sweetwater County, Wyoming.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: И́ден


  1. (by extension, countable) A paradise on Earth.
  2. (by extension, uncountable) A state of innocence.
  • German: Eden
  • Russian: Эде́м
  • Spanish: edén
Proper noun
  1. A river in Cumbria, England, which passes Carlisle and empties into the Solway Firth.
  2. A river in Kent, England, which flows into the Medway; the name is a back-formation of Edenbridge.
  3. A river in Fife, Scotland, which flows into the North Sea.
  4. Eden Water, a small river in the Scottish Borders, which flows into the River Tweed.
  5. Eden District, a local government district in Cumbria, England formed in 1974 and named after the Cumbrian river, with its headquarters in Penrith.
  6. A residential settlement in Antrim, Ireland.
  7. A townland in Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

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